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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Muslim Intra-faith Transactions at Facebook - A quick glimpse

A Muslim’s Guide to Facebook Arguments (and online ridiculousness in general)

March 19, 2012 by Dr. O
[Dr. O blogs at Muslim Medicine, a site that strives to serve only the freshest grade-A certified abiah ḥalāl comedy.]
... It's a shame that such incredible tools of spreading knowledge and building enlightening discussions such as Islamic Forums, Message Boards, group E-mail threads, Twitter feeds, and YouTube comment threads instead descend into embarrassing hotbeds of heated fights and countless hours of wasted time. And of all these online mediums, the biggest culprit of all is Facebook.
Spotting trouble online early on and avoiding it, diffusing it, or negating it is only part of the solution, but it doesn't completely solve the disease we have as judgmental, gossipy, and argumentative folk. Espousing proper Islamic manners of disagreement, etiquette of mutual respect and understanding, and patience with those we don't see eye to eye with is a prophetic legacy that applies even to our online lives, just as much as it does to our dealings in person. 
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PS. Chadhta Suraj Dheere Dheere - Kawwali - Aziz Nazan
-- See the original Urdu/Hindi lyrics, here. Translated in English, here

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Hacking Religious Websites -- Media Update

This post is continuously updated. Last update on March 4th, 2012.

  • Anonymous Declares War On Religion, Attacks Church Sites
    Calls religion a sickness to this world, By Zach Walton, Web Pro News and International Business Times
    Anonymous attacks a lot of things that they find wrong with the world: corporations, governments and other groups that they feel threaten the freedom of the people. On Friday, they attacked what may be their most controversial target yet – religion.

    The AnonymousIRC Twitter account announced on Friday three attacks so far on major church Web sites. These aren’t just regular attacks, however, as they have also defaced the Web sites with anti-religion rhetoric and even a video featuring Richard Dawkins set to auto-play so visitors are forced to see it.
    Three Web sites that have been attacked so far are Bethel Outreach International Church, the Charlotte International Church, and Crossfire Ministries. All three religious organizations are based in and around Charlotte, North Carolina. /
  • Does Anonymous’s Friday Routine Make Hacking Seem Dull? By Joe Coscarelli N Y Times magazine
  • Anatomy of an Anonymous hack attack NICOLE PERLROTH and JOHN MARKOFF, Sydney Morning Herald
    SAN FRANCISCO: The elusive hacker movement known as Anonymous has carried out internet attacks on well-known organisations like Sony and PBS. In August, the group went after its most prominent target yet: the Vatican.
  • Calgary street preacher claims church website attacked by Anonymous hacktivists
    Posted by Emily Leedham, OpenFile
  • In Attack on Vatican Web Site, a Glimpse of Hackers' Tactics‎, New York Times,
    "What set this attack apart from others is it had a clear timeline and evolution," said Amichai Shulman, Imperva's technology chief.

  • Anonymous Leaves Clues In Failed Vatican Attack‎, Information Week

  • Westboro Baptist Church websites attacked and shut down
    That both The Jester and Anonymous attacked Anit-Gay Westboro Baptist Church websites ( this week represents a very strange convergence, and the prospect that two highly active hacktivist camps might find more common ground is tantalizing to say the least...
  • Thursday, March 01, 2012

    Inter-faith harmony between societies stressed

    The Punjab University’s English Department (Language and Literature) on Sunday arranged a lecture on inter-faith harmony by world-acclaimed Pakistani-American novelist Nafisa Haji at the Prof Sirajuddin Library.
    In her lecture, as part of promoting inter-faith harmony among cultures, Nafisa Haji highlighted the importance of inter-faith harmony between various religions, cultures and societies in the contemporary world. She based her discussion on her second novel, The Sweetness of Tears, which embraces inter-faith, intra-faith, inter-cultural, inter-generational and inter-continental dialogue at its finest.
    Nafisa told the participants how her novel depicted Jo March, her protagonist, on an unlikely quest across boundaries of language and faith, through chasm of sectarian divides in the Muslim world, against the backdrop of the war on terror, from California to Chicago, Pakistan to Iraq. A large number of students attended the lecture -- Source: Daily Times; Nafisa Haji's website

    On the same shelf:

  • Book reviews of Sweetness of Tears: Publishers Weekly 4/25/2011, Vol. 258 Issue 17, p113-114; Booklist June 1, 2011, v107:19-20, p38;

  • What others say: "The Sweetness of Tears is a character-driven novel that is structured as a series of interwoven life-stories..." by TChris @; The overall message of The Sweetness of Tears is one of peace and compassion, by skrishna @; "Haij does a wonderful job of creating this diverse family though which we see the effects being in the military has had on multiple generations, the effects of parents who are missing or absent and through one family the we are shown views of the middle east from those who lived there and left, those who remain and those who came there because of a war not fully aware of the connection they already with this region." by Rebecca @

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